Great Performances Season Opens with Pianist Jeffrey Siegel

Posted: September 13, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm

For more than 40 years, internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel has toured the country, delighting piano enthusiasts and newcomers alike with his Keyboard Conversations, which feature a unique combination of extraordinary virtuosity and fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.

Siegel returns to Mason for the 18th season of his popular “concerts with commentary” at the Center for the Arts (CFA) Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.

In this concert, “The Three Great ‘Bs’ – Bach, Beethoven and Barber,” Siegel investigates the lives and works of three of the most prolific composers of all time.

The program includes Bach’s towering “Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue,” Beethoven’s volcanic and noble “Appassionata” Sonata, Op. 57 in F Minor and, in celebration of his 100th birthday, several works by the great American composer Samuel Barber.

Created so that audiences can gain a richer understanding and appreciation for classical music, Keyboard Conversations presents an entertaining introduction to the vast repertoire for the piano and to classical music in general.

Siegel has developed a following among seasoned music lovers and annually presents his series in numerous cities across the United States, among them New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco, Dallas and Denver. Several of these venues have presented Keyboard Conversations for more than 25 years.

Keyboard Conversations continues this season at Mason with “The Fantastic Fantasy World of Robert Schumann” on Nov. 7; “Northern Lights” on March 13, 2011; and “Paris 1911 – A Festive Musical Year!” on May 1, 2011.  For more details, visit the CFA website.

Prior to the concert, a free young artists musicale will be held at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall lobby.  Talented piano students in grades 3 to 12, as well as winners of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Honors Recitals, will perform short pieces.

Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C., is the Series Sponsor for Keyboard Conversations at the Center for the Arts. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half-price for youth through grade 12 when the child is accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $38, $30 and $19. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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